SHIN AND ZEN INTEGRATED PRACTICE

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Deep Hearing or Silent Worship Practice

Shin practice impels us to deeply hear the call of and experience Life itself. However, to become deeply attuned to the vibration of the Universe, we need to unify our minds and bodies in a concentrative state called samadhi (oneness).  The Soto Zen school of Buddhism is a proven way to help us discipline and concentrate the mind, in order to study the self, touch the present moment, and let go of our conceptual tendencies; therefore, awakening to the Oneness of life itself and experience reality as it truly is.  Since zazen practice is essentially non-dual, when we do zazen, it becomes the expression of enlightenment. We become the practice, be the practice and then the practice will naturally manifest the presence of Oneness (Buddha, True Mind, Life itself).

 

Once we can learn how to effectively integrate ourselves as such, our deep hearing practice will be enhanced so we can be more receptive to our intuitive and spontaneous impulses within our bodies which are the divine vibrations of the one true and real life. As a natural consequence to all of this, the Universe’s urge to compassion (Primal Vow) will progressively open up our hearts, by intuitively compelling us to embrace our darkness, let go of our false egos and ultimately entrust ourselves to and experience the unfolding of ultimate reality; thus we become aware of the nurturing divine presence of wisdom, compassion and trusting faith (shinjin) within our lives.  This entire process is the Universe giving itself up to all sentient beings, which is none other than itself. Since we have become so attuned to the vibrations of Life itself, we naturally entrust ourselves to it. Subsequently, our psychological and spiritual boundaries collapse letting the universe’s light of Great Compassion flood through our consciousness. As a result, we can not help but voice the Nembutsu because we have become the fulfillment of the Nembutsu.

 

Hence, we recommend integrating the Shin path with Soto Zen meditative practice because their philosophies and outlook parallel each other and can better facilitate your spiritual journey so you may touch and ultimately be embraced by ultimate reality (Amida Buddha).

 
 
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